Many Papua New Guinea women have unique skills in terms of weaving ‘bilums’ and clothes while others possess certain skills in making other items.
However, there is not enough avenue provided for these women to showcase their talent, especially in rural areas.
Over the weekend, women around Milne Bay Province gathered at Alotau to display their skills through the Women Weavers of Milne Bay Event.
The third Women Weavers of Milne Bay Province took place in Alotau. Women all over the province, as far as Rossel Island gathered to showcase their products ranging from herbal products to mat weaving and the making of the famous traditional necklace, ‘Bagi’.
The two-day event was staged in line with the International Women’s Day on March 8. Female representative of Alotau’s Provincial assembly, Angela Nelson, said, the event is to bring them together to inspire one another and to empower each other.
The province is now working on expanding the Milne Bay Women’s product to overseas markets through the province’s tourism bureau.